Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau's cabinet

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday

The latest news out of Ottawa today is that Canada's former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould has officially resigned amid the major SNC-Lavalin Scandal. She was demoted from the post of justice minister last month. "I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter, and as such, have retained the Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel".

Housefather says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he says nobody from his office pressured Wilson-Raybould but he also believes more clarity is needed to explain exactly what went on.

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PM Justin Trudeau says he and former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould have talked a couple of times since he arrived in B.C. yesterday, and confirmed that they spoke previously about matters involving the Director of Public Prosecutions being hers alone.

The allegation in the Globe story is that Trudeau's officials pressured Wilson-Raybould previous year to make use of the power the law gave her and allow SNC-Lavalin to negotiate a plea bargain.

The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau's office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould a year ago to help construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial when she was justice minister.

Since these allegations came out last week, Justin Trudeau has claimed that he never directed Wilson-Raybould in any way to come to any specific conclusion on the SNC-Lavalin case but that he welcomes the ethics commission investigation so that Canadians can maintain their confidence in the government.

He also insisted, as he has since the story broke, that he did not direct Wilson-Raybould to come to any specific conclusions on whether to direct the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to reach an agreement with SNC-Lavalin.

She responded by quitting cabinet.

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"It's tragic for her and I think it's tragic for the country", Wilson said.

"I've been in discussion, ever since this meeting was called, with Liberal committee members".

"The current Liberal brand has been taking a beating on this portfolio", she said.

Liberal MP and justice committee chair Anthony Housefather told CBC's Power and Politics that he is "in favour" of studying the allegations.

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a unsafe signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy", Singh said in a statement.

Until Wilson-Raybould's demotion and resignation, the Liberals had done a good job of selling themselves as a "sunny ways party", he opined.

The announcement comes just a day after Canada's ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the involvement of the Prime Minister's Office stemming from allegations that the PMO tried to provide Quebec-based construction and engineering company SNC-Lavalin with a reduced punishment stemming from serious corruption charges.

SNC-Lavalin faces charges of fraud and corruption in connection with almost $48 million in payments made to Libyan government officials between 2001 and 2011.

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